Los Angeles is a city that's difficult to navigate, especially if you're a tourist. Most people live and play in the cities around Los Angeles, not in downtown L.A. itself. Some of the more famous locales surrounding Los Angeles are Beverly Hills and West Hollywood and there are small beach communities located up and down the coast, like Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach. And, of course, don't forget Anaheim, where Disneyland is located. If you're visiting Los Angeles for your next vacation, it's best if you stay in one of the cities to get more fun out of your trip.
Beverly Hills is known for celebrities and remarkable mansions where the rich and famous reside. Beverly Hills also offers amazing shopping and beautiful hotels which cater to stars. The year-round sunshine and incredible homes make this part of Los Angeles a wonderful place to stay.
Home of the world-famous Sunset Strip, West Hollywood is a unique cultural center that's close to the other parts of L.A., too. The Sunset Strip offers dining, shopping and nightlife that are legendary. West Hollywood has also a thriving art and design community, featuring over 30 art galleries, 200-plus design showrooms and the Pacific Design Center.
Santa Monica is probably one of the most beautiful areas around Los Angeles, boasting an astounding beachside location, great night life and plenty of celebrities frequenting the area's restaurants and bars. At night, visit the many bars or clubs – remember, however, that parking can be difficult. To avoid problems with finding parking, take a taxi or a limousine. You should never be afraid of taking limousines for transportation because, contrary towhat you might think, thay're not expensive in Los Angeles. Limousine companies in L.A. usually charge per hour. If you want to get the best prices, check with a couple of limousine companies for their rates. And if you book your limousine a couple of days in advance you may be able to get a good rate.
Manhattan Beach is 3 miles from Los Angeles International Airport, on the south end of Santa Monica Bay. The beautiful 928-foot pier at the end of Manhattan Beach Boulevard offers year-round fishing. The pier also has an aquarium and marine studies lab, free to the public.
If you're traveling with your family, visit Anaheim, about an hour south of Los Angeles. Here you will find Disneyland, the jewel in Disney's Southern California crown. This is a great place to bring your family to spend the day with the Disney characters and riding classic rides like Space Mountain. And don't forget to watch the parade and fireworks display at night.